Jan 11, 2022, 2:05 PM
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Accusing Iran of shipping arms to Yemen unprofessional PsyOp

New York, IRNA - Reports published in recent days accusing Iran of shipping arms to Yemen are kind of unprofessional media propaganda campaign and psychological operation (PsyOp) by misusing parts of a draft report by a group affiliated to the United Nations.

The Wall Street Journal published a story reflecting biased and selective parts of a report prepared by an UN-affiliated body. It is interesting that such an accusation against Tehran has not been verified by the Yemen Sanctions Committee, which presented the draft text.

According to diplomatic sources in New York, the American newspaper reflected only parts of the press release of the UN committee, which echoed claims made by a party involved in the war on Yemen or their supporters; while given the facts on the ground, the expert group announced that they are not able to verify the accusations independently.

The UN diplomatic sources, who are aware of the methods of certain UN Security Council member states to misuse such press releases, said that the UN experts are being provided with unfounded data in a bid to reflect the interests of certain groups. When incorrect information is being published by a high-profile organization such as the UN, it seems to be acceptable in the eyes of some people. Then, certain media outlets republish the false claims under the title of "according to a report by the UN," and wrong information is circulated this way to create news waves and psychological operations.

The expert group of the Yemen Sanctions Committee has been in the spotlight by certain UNSC member states in recent years and they propagated selective parts of the group's reports; an act which has been opposed by other member states and independent countries.

Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations told IRNA that Tehran's policy in dealing with the conflict in Yemen is based on non-intervention in internal and external affairs of other countries and that Iran has never sold, exported, or shipped any weapons, ammunition or equipment, which are in contradiction to UNSC resolutions on Yemen; thus, such claims are categorically baseless.

Press releases of the Yemen Sanctions Committee published by the Wall Street Journal have been prepared by unofficial and secret information presented by certain countries. It has been proven on several occasions that certain governments present fake and unauthentic information in a bid to accuse other states of wrongdoings. 

Diplomatic sources also emphasized that the fake data on shipment of weapons from Iran to Yemen has been usually created by certain regional states involved in the Yemen war or the United States, which has been pursuing hostile policies towards the Islamic Republic for more than four decades.

A Saudi-led coalition, which has been busy pounding Yemen's infrastructure and killing Yemeni civilians for over seven years, propagate fake news with the aim of diverting world public opinion and covering up their crimes in the war-torn country.

A spokesperson for the Saudi-led coalition Brigadier General Ahmed Asiri provided reporters with a clip to prove that he has authenticated information on rocket production center in Al-Hudaydah port in Yemen, but it turned out that the clip was part of an American documentary produced in 2009 on the US-led war in Iraq in 2003.

The Wall Street Journal's story also highlights a part of the draft report on intercepted boats and accusations that they had been seen in Iranian ports; while the expert group of the Yemen Sanctions Committee has explicitly asserted that they cannot confirm the authenticity of the claims.

Contrary to the accusations that Iran sends arms to Yemen, the United Nations's annual reports concluded that most drones, ammunition, and rockets were assembled in areas under Houthi Ansarullah movement's control.

The conclusion proves that the Yemeni people have localized defense know-how, and that accusations against other countries such as Iran are baseless.

Moreover, the Yemen Sanctions Committee has not reached any conclusion that what party or country can be held accountable for arms shipments. The Committee did not submit to the UNSC any violation of the arms embargo on Yemen.

The American newspaper's story is considered an unprofessional move, which is in contradiction to common standards of journalism because the accusations have not been verified. Such events undermine the United Nations' ability to preserve secret international information and indicate that certain UNSC member states misuse UN mechanisms to accuse other countries and propagate psychological warfare against rival governments.

The Wall Street Journal quoted parts of a report, which has not been confirmed by the United Nations, claiming that Jask port in southern Iran is the origin of shipment of an arms consignment to Yemen.

Saudi Arabia, leading a coalition, kicked off a war on Yemen with the green light of the United States in order to return former Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi to power and reconsolidate its influence in the neighboring country.

Analysts see a recent intensification of attacks on Yemen as a sign of the Saudi-led coalition's failure in the conflict. 

The UN has warned that the continuation of the Saudi-led war and inhuman siege are the root causes of famine and humanitarian crisis in the impoverished Arab country. 


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